Premier League Preview and Prediction: Norwich vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Norwich City vs. Sunderland 

Venue: Carrow Road – Saturday, April 16 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Norwich 11/8 – Draw 23/10 – Sunderland 21/10

Match Preview

Norwich host Sunderland in an enormous Premier League clash in this Saturday’s midday kickoff as the battle for survival is set to intensify further.

This is as much of a six-pointer as you can get in the top flight. A win for 17th placed Norwich City would see them go seven points clear of 18th placed Sunderland and would really ease their relegation fears ahead of the final few games.

Norwich come into the game with better form and with two wins from their last three, they are clear favourites for the three points on Saturday.

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However, those two wins were their only wins in the last 13 games in the Premier League. The lack of long-term form from the Canaries is alarming and the loss to Crystal Palace last weekend saw them thrust straight back into the relegation spotlight.

They remain four points clear of the drop heading into the weekend, although Sunderland have a game in hand. Logic would suggest that if the Canaries avoid defeat on Saturday, they will be in pole position to stay up.

Sunderland are quite the opposite as they are without a win in six. The 2-0 loss to Leicester City last weekend showed signs that things aren’t going to fall in place for the club, with Jack Rodwell’s miss from six yards proving that it’s going to be a real battle for the Black Cats to stay up.

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The game in hand may prove to be crucial, but a loss on Saturday will see morale drop significantly as well as the chances of overturning a seven-point difference with four matches to play.

A win on Saturday, however, would be the biggest result for Sunderland this season as they seek to stay up. All eyes will be on this relegation clash and you’d be a fool to miss it.

Team News

Norwich will be without Alexander Tettey (ankle) and Timm Klose (knee) through injury. Russell Martin is a doubt as he’s carrying a knock.

Sunderland have only one worry as Duncan Watmore is a doubt with an ankle injury so he’s unlikely to feature. Apart from that, Sunderland are at full strength and so Sam Allardyce will be able to field what he sees as his strongest possible team.

Key Points

Norwich’s last five: L/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five: D/D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Norwich City are unbeaten in their last five matches against Sunderland in the Premier League.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – At crucial points in games, the former England international can produce magic in a flash. If he gets the service he requires, Defoe can fire Sunderland to three points on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

Norwich 1-2 Sunderland – Norwich have won two games in the last three in the league but all their hard work will be undone should they lose come Saturday. Sunderland tested Leicester last time out and barring a few missed chances should have won the game. In this make-or-break clash, we expect the visitors to narrowly edge it.

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FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Norwich City vs Manchester City

Competition: FA Cup – Norwich City vs. Manchester City 

Venue: Carrow Road – Saturday, January 9 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Norwich 19/5 – Draw 29/10 – Manchester City 4/6

Match Preview

Norwich host Manchester City at Carrow Road in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend, a tie contested by two Premier League sides.

Norwich come into this one off the back of two wins on the bounce. They have been in a good run of form, having won three of their last five.

The sides have already met this season in the league, with Manchester City coming out 2-1 winners.

Norwich haven’t won in this fixture in their last three at home, (D1, L2). The sides shared a seven goal thriller back in 2012 at Carrow Road.

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Manchester City come into this tie off the back of their 2-1 defeat away at Everton in midweek.

City have only won two in their last five games, not form you would associate with the title chasing side.

Manuel Pellegrini will expect nothing less than a win here and progression to the fourth round. City could potentially do a cup double this season and will be ready for the challenge.

Key Points

Norwich City’s last five in all competitions: D/W/L/W/W

Manchester City’s last five in all competitions: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester City are unbeaten in ten of their last 11 games against Norwich in all competitions.

Key Player: Kevin De Bruyne – City’s big money signing has been a key player since his arrival. He could well be rested but if he is involved we expect him to be highly influential.

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Score Prediction

Norwich City 1-3 Manchester City – City to prove too strong for Norwich in what has the makings of a typical action packed FA Cup tie.